Prince Harry, Meghan Markle Donated Royal Wedding Flowers To London Hospice Patients
This is so sweet. How could you not love these two?
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle — or should we say the Duke and Duchess of Sussex — didn’t let the gorgeous floral displays from their royal wedding ceremony go to waste. In fact — they put them to very good use.
According to a Facebook post from London’s St. Joseph’s Hospice, the couple had their flowers arranged in bouquets and donated them to hospice patients. How sweet!
“Today we got a very special delivery. Beautiful bouquets made from the #royalwedding flowers which we gave to our patients,” the Facebook post stated. “A big thank you to Harry and Meghan and florist Philippa Craddock. Our hospice smells and looks gorgeous. Such a lovely gesture.”
The hospice center also shared a photo of a patient holding a giant bouquet of beautiful flowers. She looks thrilled by the very special delivery — and this really couldn’t be more touching.
Wondering about the types of flowers used during the ceremony? The royal couple was very selective with the blooms they chose, selecting pollinator-friendly plants.
“The Royal Parks will also supply pollinator-friendly plants from their wildflower meadows. These plants provide a great habitat for bees and help to sustain healthy and biodiverse ecosystems,” Kinsington Palace stated on Instagram.
Prince Harry and Ms. Meghan Markle have chosen floral designer @philippacraddock to create the church flowers for their wedding💐 The displays in St George's Chapel will feature foliage from The Crown Estate and Windsor Great Park, and will use seasonal plants including branches of beech, birch and hornbeam, as well as white garden roses, peonies and foxgloves. The designs will reflect the wild and natural landscapes from which many of the plants will be drawn. The Royal Parks will also supply pollinator-friendly plants from their wildflower meadows. These plants provide a great habitat for bees and help to sustain healthy and biodiverse ecosystems. 📷PA
This meant that bees, butterflies and other insects were likely attracted to the gorgeous displays on the day of the royal wedding:
🐝 We’re incorporating pollinator-friendly plants as part of the displays in and around St George’s Chapel for the #RoyalWedding. Watch conservation expert Dr. Alice Laughton and @TheRoyalParks Gardener Mike Jones speak about the plants being grown for the displays. Follow the link in our bio to find out more.
Flowers On Display
The flower arrangements at St. George’s Chapel looked spectacular on the day of the royal wedding:
They were a stunning accompaniment to the bride as she made her grand entrance:
And they provided a beautiful backdrop as Harry and Markle were presented to the world as man and wife:
As for the flowers used in Markle’s bouquet, the palace announced in a statement that Prince Harry hand-picked a few of the flowers that were to be placed in the bride’s floral arrangement.
“Prince Harry handpicked several flowers yesterday from their private garden at Kensington Palace to add to the bespoke bridal bouquet designed by florist Philippa Craddock,” the statement read.
And there was even a tribute to Harry’s late mother, Princess Diana, included in the bouquet:
“The spring blooms include Forget-Me-Nots which were Diana, Princess of Wales’ favourite flower. The couple specifically chose them to be included in Ms. Markle’s bouquet to honour the memory of the late Princess on this special day,” according to the press release.
Here’s another view of the custom bouquet from the palace’s Instagram:
A travelling Escort of the Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment lead the procession of The Duke and Duchess of Sussex through Windsor Town. The Household Cavalry are among several Armed Forces personnel with a special relationship with The Duke providing ceremonial support at the wedding and carriage procession #RoyalWedding
The bride and groom managed to use these flowers in a very special way — during and after their wedding. This makes the perfect ending to the perfect day, if you ask me!